Tips to keep them reading
This is a great product, although they may not have had my family in mind when they designed it 😉 I found the first set in an airport bookshop when looking for a last minute gift, but I ordered the next set from Amazon.
Regardless of what they claim to do for kids in general, I can tell you that these cards brought a new lease of life to my daughter’s reading. Each graded set has two decks with a total of 300 questions. What is good about that? Well…. My daughter is of the age where she likes to know more than me. Jump on that wagon and questions for dad at breakfast time are a great motivator. It doesn’t matter that I get them right, it’s the challenge(ing) that counts.
We started with the age appropriate ‘pre-school’ set which contains such conundrums as “Which one (deserts) does not have a cherry on top?”. After a couple of months challenging each other, we headed up a level to ‘kindergarten’ and “Find three different things you would use to build a box”. “Does that really count as a question?” I hear you retort. Who cares. If I were asking my six year old daughter that question in a monolingual environment I might doubt their value, but for an L2 reader these have plenty to work with.
Variety is important when trying to motivate sprogs it seems. These cards are only part of my master plan, but a very valuable part they are. Go ahead and order a set. If in doubt as to which level would suit your child, and perhaps even if not, then go for the level below what you think they are. If they blast through them, great. They will be reading, and that’s no waste at all.